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Travelling Norse

It was a wonderful autumn day, cold and bright; as we drove inland from Bergen in the morning, frozen mist […] 

Iceland: North of the Wall

It rained incessantly and the wind was fierce but our time in Iceland was rewarding. The light, the landscape, the […] 

In Edinburgh: Thinking About The Scottish Enlightenment & Contemporary Australia

“This was a townscape raised in the teeth of cold winds from the east; a city of winding cobbled streets […] 

Big History, Bill Gates & Diane Ravitch

“Diane Ravitch is the rarest of scholars—one who reports her findings and conclusions, even when they go against conventional wisdom and […] 

Humans Need Not Apply

We need to start thinking now what do we do when large sections of the population are unemployable through no […] 

Digital Citizenship & Flow

What percentage of students in Australian schools are explicitly taught digital citizenship skills? There are plenty of government sponsored projects […] 

Reading (so far) in 2014

“An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. […] 

Paul Kelly & Your English Class

“He is a storyteller, a poet, and has the unique ability to communicate with all Australians, across all age groups […] 

Our School, The Red Room Company & Life Matters

“The Red Room Company works in partnership with schools, teachers and poets to put the playfulness back into poetry. One […] 

Luka Lesson & The Red Room Company

“I’ll close my eyes and admire the quality of the silence I’ll write rhymes in my mind honestly and define […] 

I Voted!

There have been many posts about our school’s nurturing democracy program over the last few years at my blog, including this […] 

Living Books

The Wollongong Living Books program brings to the community a collection of human ‘books’ that represent a diverse range of backgrounds and […] 

Eggs & baskets, Kobo & Calibre

It always concerned me that Amazon had such a monopoly on ebooks. However, my customer satisfaction since purchasing my first kindle […] 

The Road to Serfdom & Capital in the 21st Century

Hugh Mackay, in a recent article about the 2014 federal budget,  asks Australians to consider: is this the Australia we […] 

Exchange: Seowon High School in Korea

Our exchange to Seowon High School, our sister school in The Republic of Korea, has been an absolutely superb, exciting […] 

“An upper-class school”

A comment – as I negotiated customs at Sydney Airport with a large party of students on their way to […] 

Democracy at school

Does your school hold authentically democratic elections? The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is conducting our school elections for the first […] 

Personalising learning, Big History and the Genographic Project

I am hoping to teach Big History as a NSW Board of Studies Endorsed Course to Year 10 and Year 11 […] 

Advocacy, My Daughter, Morris Gleitzman & Jackie French

The School Library Association of NSW invited me to speak about advocacy at their recent conference at the State Library […] 

Who Am I? (The Genographic Project)

“The greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA.”               […] 

Assessment for learning

“The teacher’s job is not to transmit knowledge, nor to facilitate learning. It is to engineer effective learning environments for […] 

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